While Ewing’s sarcoma is a disease commonly associated with young adults and adolescents, that isn’t always the case. John Culshaw tells of his connection to Ewing’s, through his brother, David.
Last year (2014) we lost my younger brother David to Ewing’s. He was 60 years of age.
Ewing’s sarcoma is classed as a children’s disease and is extremely aggressive. The number of adults that contract the disease is in the order of 1 in 1,000,000 and unfortunately David was the one in the million. This disease primarily affects bones and soft tissue, but it knows no boundaries and invaded David.
David was diagnosed in September 2013 and was admitted to the Walton Centre in Liverpool, this was because the initial scans indicated that the spine was affected.
During surgery to remove the tumour it was found to be larger than first thought, so only half was removed with the recommendation that David be referred to the Christie Clinic in Manchester, as they have some knowledge and expertise in the treatment of Ewing’s. Treatment was to be chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy and further chemotherapy and this continued until June 2014. David also underwent a number of biopsies and other tests. David never complained and remained positive throughout.
David led an active life and was always doing things for his devoted children, Ian, Helen, and Michelle and was ably supported by his wonderful wife Catherine. He was always happy when he had a tool of some description in his hands and during his youth loved tinkering on cars.
Through an apprenticeship with Plessey Telecommunications in Liverpool David worked his way up to the position of Commercial Manager, dealing extensively with the Russian Market. David’s final job position was with Fujitsu in Telford, which he loved so much that he and Cathy bought a cottage in Iron Bridge where David lived during the week, with Cathy and the children joining at weekends for family time.
David was a lifelong Evertonian, playing for the club as a schoolboy. During the last months of David’s life, he and his elder brother attended a number of games to watch his beloved BLUES and the club arranged for them to park in the player’s car park so David could get to his seat without hindrance. A lighthearted moment for the readers, David’s elder brother John is a through RED (Liverpool) supporter and even went to the games wearing an Everton scarf.